2021 - 2023

At Life FM, we love to celebrate those who are doing amazing work in the community. Below is a list of the wonderful people who have won our Heart for Adelaide Award. Support them in any way you can - whether visiting a small business, volunteering, or donating to further their causes.


Mardi Ruediger of Kaye's Krafts

Mardi uses her sewing skills to fundraise. She makes beautiful handmade items such as shopping bags, baby clothes, bibs and more that she sells online and at markets. All money raised is donated to the Mary Potter Foundation in memory of her late mother Kaye Upward.

Village Grounds Cafe

The cafe is run by a group of dedicated volunteers that seek to create a space for parents and neighbours to connect and gather in meaningful and enjoyable ways so that friendship and support networks can be formed.

Rod Dunford

Recognising and rewarding him for his heart to help others and eagerness to serve in the community. Rod’s dedication in providing activities for the older age group not only provides joy but brings them together in fellowship and love.

HopeStreet Community Centre

Based in Davoren Park and run by volunteers under the Care Works SA banner as a not for profit organisation. They provide many programs to assist the community such as youth programs, mother’s group, an op shop and a café.

Oasis Food Pantry

Part of the Oasis Family Church and staffed completely by volunteers. It offers a range of free bread, fruit and vegetables and other everyday items at low prices. Their mission is to help the community in tough times.


Adelaide Knit and Natter

Part of the Knit4Charities. Volunteer knitters, crocheters and sewers that either meet up in groups or work individually in their own homes to make items to assist people in need. All items are donated to various charity groups.

Adelaide Refugee Support Inc.

A charity run completely by 3 volunteers that co-ordinate donations from kind and compassionate members of the community. In 7.5 years they have changed the lives of so many families. They have given hope and friendship to those who have given up everything they have ever known and arrived in Australia. Often these people are traumatised, filled with fear of the unknown. This team assist in providing furniture, food, clothes and housing.

Burnside Home Support Program Volunteers

This program offers local residents with convenient and safe transport to get to and from scheduled appointments as well as personal shopping needs. The program could not run without dedicated volunteer drivers who not only provide a car transport service but a friendly face, a social connection and much needed support to clients.

Rhonda Smedley Walkerville Uniting Church

Rhonda dedicates her time, talent and resources to create a program that caters for the older age group in many churches in Adelaide. The program provides a comfortable space for people to talk about important life issues in a caring and nurturing way.

The Mustard Seed Family Project

A not for profit organisation dedicated to eliminating poverty and in making affordable basics accessible for the less fortunate. Their goal is to reach hundreds of individuals and families in need each year by collecting 10 cent bottles and cans. Helping families in need and helping the environment.

Unley Salvation Army Volunteers: Jo & Gina Conti Maz Sampson

Jo & Gina Conti faithfully serving in the kitchen each week for 6 years to provide delicious meals for everyone. Also to Maz Sampson for her dedicated service in playgroup, youth work and Doorways emergency assistance.


Crisp Packet Project Adelaide

A group of volunteers making survival sheets for the homeless from discarded chip packets. This is a community initiative by founder – Pen Huston in the UK.

Riding for the Disabled

A registered charity organisation that’s run entirely by passionate volunteers. They provide opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy a safe, healthy, therapeutic and recreational sport using horses.

Treasure Boxes

A team of caring people dedicated to preventing hardship and trauma by providing kids in need with critical items many of us take for granted.

Unley Salvation Army: Reno Elms, Josh, Eden and Colin Sampson

Joshua Sampson initiated the “Tree of Hope” for the homeless in being able to access vital items 24/7. His sister Eden is collecting chip packets at school & the church to make Buddy Blankets to go under the tree. Their father Colin is also making Buddy Blankets to be sent to the needy in Whyalla. Reno Elms received an award for his commitment to his job and goes above & beyond his role. Transforming lives by spreading the joy of Jesus in such a practical way by opening doors & hearts to people.

With Love Formal Wear

An Adelaide non-profit organisation that gifts Year 12 and Year 7 Formal Wear at no charge to students experiencing financial hardship.


Woodwork Vietnam Armoured Corp are 5 Vietnam Veterans that have been making wooden toys for 14 years to donate to children in need at Christmas. Their practical kindness in using their creativity and carpentry skills gives hope to families in difficult times.